Worship Guide

The Order of Worship

Prayer and Praise
*The Doxology
*The Call to Worship
*The Opening Hymn
**The Invocation
**The Choral Response
The Ministry of Music
**The Scripture Lesson
*The Introit to the Decalogue (First Sunday)
*The Abridged Decalogue (First Sunday)
*The Gloria Patri
Acknowledgement of Visitors
The Pastor's Words
The Altar Call
The Ministry of Music
The Sermon
***The Invitation to Christian Discipleship
The Ministry of Giving (Tithes, Mission, Benevolent, YPD)
**Holy Communion (First Sunday)
*The Affirmation of Faith
*The Doxology
*The Benediction 
*Congregation Please Stand
**No Entering or Exiting the Church

The Call To Worship

Minister:  I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord!" Our feet have ben standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!

People:  For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Minister:  O Lord, I love the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells.

People:  But the Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before him.

Minister:  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

People:  O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing.


The Decalogue

The Introit to the Decalogue

"From all that dwell below the skies, Let thy Creator's praise arise; Let thy Redeemer's name be sung, Through every land by every tongue."

The Abridged Decalogue

Minister: And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

People: (singing) Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law. Nearer my God, to thee! Nearer to thee, E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me; Still all my song shall be. Nearer my God to thee, Nearer, my God, to thee, Nearer to thee.

Minister: Hear what Christ our Savior saith. Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments, hang all the law and the prophets.


The Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. AMEN.


The Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


The Affirmation of Faith

(Apostle's Creed)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead' he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.